Yesterday, 15 March 2021, the Italian Financial Police (Guardia di Finanza,) of Savona (Italy) seized 10 luxury cars and 45 luxury and vintage motorcycles, executing an order of the pre-trial judge requested by the European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO). The vehicles, with a market value of €750 000, are registered in the name of a company outside the EU, but in possession of a person who has been living permanently in Italy while having a fictitious residence in a South American country.
The holder of the vehicles has introduced them into the Italian territory without paying border fees and allegedly evaded more than €250 000 in customs duties and VAT. He has been reported to the EPPO Torino office for the offence of aggravated smuggling.
During an independent inspection aimed at identifying fictitious natural or legal persons residing abroad, the investigators of Guardia di Finanza Group of Savona (Gruppo Guardia di Finanza di Savona) identified the suspect, a 70-year-old man who formally resides in a South American country, but in fact permanently lives in Italy.
Although the man did not declare any income or assets in Italy, he collected luxury and vintage vehicles (Mercedes and Rolls Royce, Alfa Romeo, Kawasaki, Triumph, Moto Guzzi, BSA, etc.), which he kept in the garage of a villa in his possession.